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“On The Wire” With Air Traffic Controller

airtrafficcontrollerExcited to alert you to this stellar new track from Air Traffic Controller, who we keep telling you about. A reliably catchy pop rock band, to be sure. But they’ve just debuted a song called “On The Wire,” which feels like a big artistic leap for the band, if not the mark of a whole new direction. This sonically adventurous song finds frontman Dave Monroe stepping back in favor of Casey Sullivan, whose lead vocal elevates the whole production. And a hell of a production it is, by longtime collaborator Bleu, who also co-wrote. Must-hear:

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Jes Hudak And Corvyx Duet On Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

hudakCover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.

Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.

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Darling Parade’s “Run Away”

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Yes, it’s another summer Popsplosion™ to blast from your car stereo. What can we say, it’s that time of the year. This time, our old friends Darling Parade, on the heels of last year’s acclaimed full-length rocker Battle Scars and Broken Hearts, have gone full-throttle pop with their newest single. “Run Away” features a brilliantly catchy melody over crunchy guitar hooks, and a hint of synth for good measure. Here it is:

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Steph Shaw’s “Meant To Be”

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It was released a month ago, and we’re only now catching up with the new single from Steph Shaw, “Meant To Be.” We are embarrassed. BUT we’re making up for lost time this morning with several consecutive spins of this ornately orchestrated, pulsing pop song. Staccato percolations quickly lock into place with the drums before giving way to flowing strings, all tied together with Shaw’s lilting melody. Check it out below; available now on iTunes.

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Jitta Hits A Million Plays, Free Downloads

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Jitta On The Track continues to be one of the most prolific rappers in the game. Chances are pretty solid that he’s tracking a new song right now, whenever you might be reading this. And now you can get some of the most recent Jitta releases for free. Start with his brand new single “1 Million,” released to commemorate a million plays on Soundcloud.

Then go back just a bit and download Bipolar, the excellent full-length now hosted as a mixtape on DatPiff.

And then by the time you’re done with those, Jitta will probably have like 4 more singles out.

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Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 – The Shills

theshillsWe brought you the first single at the end of March, and now Baeble Music has the premiere of the new album from Boston’s The Shills. Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 is one of the most musically-inventive/adventurous-yet-still-totally-accessible-and-fun-to-listen-to indie rock albums you’re likely to hear this year. And you can dance to it. Listen to the new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” below. Buy it here.

“Live It Up” With Yonas

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Fresh off a series of stellar remix releases, Bronx NY’s Yonas has just dropped a new original single and video. “Live It Up” is a serious contender for jam of the summer. The song by itself is an infectious and upbeat singalong with a heavy beat. But the video, shot on Venice Beach, completes the vibe and effortlessly takes you to that place in the sun. Watch it below.

“Live It Up” is the first single from Yonas’ new EP, Going Places.

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Lady Lamb On World Cafe Live

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and band – aka Lady Lamb – performed their new “Billions Of Eyes” plus a few other songs on World Cafe Live. She also spoke with David Dye in an interesting interview, which included an explanation of a reference in “Billions Of Eyes” to her relative who was named a saint. She also talks about songwriting and the recent truncation of her stage name. You can listen to the whole interview with all of the songs here.

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The Wallies Return With New EP

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Officially out Friday April 25th, you can start listening now on their Bandcamp page. Enjoy such excellently-titled songs as “Tom Crusin” and the band’s cover of The Sonics’ classic “Have Love Will Travel.” Why, you can even see the video for that track right here, right now:

Brittney Bouchard’s Driving New Single “Paper Airplanes”

10991042_10153035993242856_5143793895508910123_nSometimes all you need is a high-energy pop song, smashed full of hooks. That’s what landed in the inbox this morning, and none too soon for a drizzly Friday. Los Angeles-based singer Brittney Bouchard released her single “Paper Airplanes” back in February, and we somehow missed it – but it’s on repeat around OurStage HQ now. The track starts simply enough with a cool guitar figure against an ambient background and then builds into a radio-ready pop explosion. Hope to hear more from Bouchard soon.